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Managing Partner: Denis Lysenko
Number of partners: 6
Number of lawyers: 48
Languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian

Firm Overview:
AEQUO is an advanced industry-focused Ukrainian law firm highly recommended for both transactional and dispute resolution projects. Named among Top 20 most innovative law firms in Europe by FT Innovative Lawyers 2019, recognized as the ‘Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year 2018’ in Ukraine at IFLR Europe Awards, Law Firm of the Year in Russia, Ukraine and the CIS by The Lawyer European Awards 2017; and recommended by Chambers, The Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Best Lawyers.

Main Areas of Practice:
Antitrust & Competition
Banking & Finance
Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Capital Markets
Corporate & Commercial
Dispute Resolution
Government Relations
Intellectual Property
International Trade
Labour & Employment
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Clients
Real Estate & Construction
Tax & Customs


Antitrust & Competition:

2 partners, 7 associates
■ Representing ArcelorMittal S.A and Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation in connection with obtaining merger clearance for establishment of JV and acquisition of joint control over India's fourth-largest steelmaker
■ Advising Ardagh Group, a NYSE listed global leader in packaging solutions, on obtaining merger clearance permit in connection with the acquisition of a food metal packaging factory located in the city of Khotyn, Chernivtsi region
■ Representing Ipsos S.A., a global market research and a consulting firm, in acquiring certain parts of GFK research division 
Key Clients: Apax Funds, Apollo, ArcelorMittal, Arricano Real Estate, Berlin-Chemie, Bunge, Danone, Dragon Capital, Google, Ipsos, NCH Capital, Novus Ukraine, Posco International, Sandoz, Sumitomo

Banking & Finance:
1 partner; 4 counsels, 8 associates
■ Advising the European Commission on granting EUR610m, EUR1bn and 1.8bn macro-financial assistance to Ukraine 
■ Advising Epicentr-K, a leading Ukrainian DIY retail chain, on USD 70 million financing from the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank
■ Advising DebtX, one of the largest NPL sale platforms
■ Advising Dragon Capital on acquisition of Idea Bank from an East European financial group, Getin Holding S.A. (Poland)
Key Clients: Raiffeisen Bank International, Agroprosperis Bank, China Development Bank, Debt X, Dragon Capital, EBRD, European Commission, Fitch Ratings, Hungarian Central Bank, Industrialbank, KfW, ProCredit Bank, Epicentr-K

Capital Markets:
2 partners; 4 counsels, 8 associates
■ Advising Naftogaz of Ukraine in connection with its 2019 landmark Eurobonds issue. Naftogaz has placed 5-year bonds in the amount of EUR 600 million at 7.125% and 3-year bonds in the amount of USD 335 million at 7.375%. The deal has become the first placement of Eurobonds by Naftogaz since 2009, as well as the first dual-tranche issue of bonds by Naftogaz in Euros and US dollars
■ Advising KfW and EBRD in connection with extension of the first subordinated loan and the first UAH-denominated loan to a non-banking institution
Key Clients: Naftogaz of Ukraine, Far-Eastern Shipping Company (FESCO), Porsche Bank AG, Agroprosperis Bank, EBRD, KfW

Corporate/M&A:
3 partners; 4 counsels, 12 associates
■ Advising Posco International, South Korea's largest trading company with over USD 21 billion annual revenue, on acquisition of a majority stake in the grain export terminal in Mykolaiv Sea Trading Port and establishment of a joint venture over the terminal business
■ Advising Dragon Capital, one of the leading private equity investors in Ukraine, on acquisition of a stake in Ciklum, a leading global digital services and software engineering company
■ Advising Ardagh Group, NYSE listed global leader in packaging solutions, on the acquisition of the food metal packaging factory in Ukraine
Key Clients: Ardagh Group, Daimler, Dragon Capital, Epicenter-K, Google, Inditex, Intellias, Ipsos, Microsoft, MobiChord Inc., Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP), Posco International, Sumimoto, Vodafone Ukraine

Litigation & Arbitration:
3 partners; 5 counsels, 20 associates
■ Assisting Naftogaz of Ukraine, the largest oil and gas company in Ukraine, and its subsidiaries in a series of multi-billion dollar disputes and subsequent settlement with Gazprom (Russia) over the long-term gas sales and gas transit arrangements, and with the Russian Federation over breach of the Ukraine-Russia bilateral investment treaty by expropriating the Naftogaz group’s assets in Crimea
■ Successfully defending interests of ProCredit Bank in a precedent-setting dispute over the loan commitment
■ Representing a Norwegian bank, Sparebank Nord-Norge, in the Kyiv Court of Appeal on recognition and enforcement of an ad hoc arbitral award on the recovery of debt in the amount of USD 17 million against a Russian bank (debtor) in Ukraine
Key Clients: Naftogaz of Ukraine, Olympic Entertainment Group, ProCredit Bank, Sparebank 1 Nord-Norge, Dragon Capital, Forbes, Rozdilska Tsegla, Ukrgasvydobuvannya, Stantis Limited, Posco International, Tinwestplus

Energy & Natural Resources:
3 partners; 3 counsels, 11 associates
■ Acting for a large European gas production company in SCC arbitration aimed at termination of a joint activity agreement with a third party and division of jointly owned assets
■ Acting as Ukrainian law counsel to Green for Growth Fund Southeast Europe (the first specialised fund to advance energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) in South-Eastern Europe and Eastern Neighbourhood regions) in financing Ukrainian projects
■ Advising MET Ukraine, subsidiary of MET Group – integrated European energy company, on various corporate, commercial and regulatory matters
Key Clients: Green for Growth Fund, Naftogaz, UGV, Fortex Energy, MET Ukraine, Inkorgas, Guris Holding, Arcelor Mittal Kryvyi Rih

Intellectual Property:
1 partner; 2 counsels, 8 associates, 2 patent/trademark attorneys
■ Representing Forbes in a number of trademarks disputes including successful protection of core trademarks in early termination actions
■ Representing Dallmayr coffee producer in a large anti-counterfeiting program and in trademark infringement and invalidation litigation matters. Successful protection of a trademark which resulted in re-delegation of the domain name registered by a third person
■ Representing Synthon re patent invalidation and patent extension requiring specific knowledge in pharma. Advising on strategy of entering the Ukrainian market with a number of pharmaceutical products
Key Clients: Alois Dallmayr Kaffee, Bosca S.p.A., Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, DuPont, Google, Grupo Bimbo, Forbes, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Samsung Electronics, Sandvik, Vodafone Ukraine, Synthon, Philips

Real Estate & Construction:
2 partners; 6 associates
■ Advising Dragon Capital, a leading investment company in Ukraine, on a range of major acquisitions of commercial property, including acquisition of Alladin, Sky Park and Smart Plaza Obolon shopping malls
■ Advising Posco International, South Korea’s largest trading company, on the acquisition of the grain export terminal in Mykolayiv Sea Trading Port
Key Clients: ATB Market, Ardagh Group, Bunge, Dragon Capital, EBRD, Epicentr K, Guris Holding, Inditex Group, Posco International, TMM

Tax & Customs:
1 partner; 1 counsel, 5 associates
■ Advising Naftogaz of Ukraine on tax issues related to 2019 Eurobonds issue of ca. USD 1bn
■ Advising RIA.com on taxation of online services, tax risks of certain intra-group transactions
■ Acting for Inditex Group, ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih and ProCredit Bank in a series of tax disputes
Key Clients: ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih, Epicentr K, Kernel Trade, Inditex Group, ProCredit Bank, RIA.com, Naftogaz of Ukraine

Firm Contacts:
Tel:
+ 38 (044) 490 91 00
■ Denis Lysenko Email: [email protected]
■ Anna Babych Email: [email protected]
■ Pavlo Byelousov Email: [email protected]
■ Sergey Denisenko Email: [email protected]
■ Yulia Kyrpa Email: [email protected]
■ Oleksandr Mamunya Email: [email protected]

Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

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